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Phoenix Campus Welcomes Students

Sep 19, 2021
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Phoenix Campus Building

Historic opening of $100 million facility positions Creighton as the largest Catholic health professions educator in the country

When you walk into the new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building on the new Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix, you are welcomed into a space filled with natural light, collaborative workspaces and artwork by local artists reflecting the mission of Creighton and the culture of Arizona.

Located in the heart of Phoenix, just off the North Central Avenue light rail, this modern seven-story, 195,000-square-foot building represents a new chapter in the history of health sciences at Creighton – and addresses a critical need for health professionals in the Southwest.

The Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix will open as the home to a four-year medical school and to programs in nursing, pharmacy and occupational therapy. Programs for students seeking careers as physical therapists and physician assistants will be added later.

With the opening of the health sciences campus in Phoenix, Creighton University is the largest Catholic health professions educator in the United States.

Tracy Monahan, senior project executive for the Phoenix campus, says bringing Creighton’s health sciences programs in Phoenix together in one space increases important opportunities for interprofessional collaboration.

“Students will learn about the health sciences roles, and in the end, become much better health care providers,” she says.

Arizona, which ranks 44th among states in total active primary care physicians, faces a critical need for health care professionals, heightened by a growing, ethnically diverse population and a large segment of retired elderly citizens.

Creighton’s health sciences programs in Phoenix are grounded in the University’s Jesuit mission of service and skilled, compassionate care – and offer significant opportunities for students seeking to make a difference in their communities.   

Learn more about the new campus with the quick facts below.

Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix

Location: Midtown Phoenix, 3100 N. Central Ave.

Grand Opening: Sept. 10

First Day of Classes: Aug. 2, first-year medical students begin classes; Aug. 16, August accelerated nursing cohort, pharmacy and occupational therapy students begin classes

Programs Offered: Medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy (Coming: physical therapy, August 2022; physician assistant, August 2023)

Number of Students:

350 total students (approximate)

  • 200, medicine
  • 100, nursing
  • 30, occupational therapy
  • 20, pharmacy

900 total students anticipated by fall 2025

  • Physical therapy program to start August 2022
  • Physician assistant program to start August 2023

Montage of various area of the Creighton Phoenix Campus

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building

Size: 7 stories, 195,000 square feet, 2.5 acres

Cost: $100 million

Building Highlights:

  • Award-winning design. Honored with the 2020 Outstanding Design Award by the American School and University Architectural Portfolio awards program, which recognizes education design excellence in projects representing today’s most effective learning environments.
  • Doris S. Norton Ballroom. In addition to serving as educational space for students and faculty, the Norton Ballroom will host academic and community events, conferences and lectures. This signature gathering space opens to a large, scenic patio.
  • Two 56-seat, active-learning classrooms. With movable tables, chairs and equipment, the rooms can be configured to accommodate multiple teaching methods and are equipped with the latest technology.
  • Simulation in one space. The entire fourth floor is dedicated to more 6,000 square feet of simulation space, including a trauma simulation room, a mock pharmacy lab, and debriefing rooms for teams to review recorded simulations and critiques.
  • Simulation suite. Blending 3D virtual reality with role-playing patients (actors), the SIM suite allows leaners to develop individual skills and practice working in a team-based environment in simulated acute care, outpatient and home care situations.
  • Trauma simulation room. Replicating a modern hospital environment, this room is designed to flex to a simulated operating room.
  • Additional features. The building includes an outdoor learning commons; terrace; research, gait and motion analysis, human performance, anatomy, homecare, ambulatory and acute care laboratories; fitness center; chapel; food mart; and nearly 10,000 square feet of student collaboration and socialization space.

Essential Partnerships

The construction of the Phoenix campus, from start to finish, would not be complete without key players, including Plaza Development, under the lead of Creighton alumna Sharon Harper, who helped make connections for the University in Phoenix, architectural firms RDG Planning and Design in Omaha and Butler Design Group in Phoenix, and general contractor Okland Construction Company.

“We also have great partners in the region that make up the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance – a partnership among Creighton, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Valleywise Health, and District Medical Group,” says Derek Scott, associate vice president for Facilities Management at Creighton. “We couldn’t do this without them. We’re able to put our graduates in the workforce to help support the region’s needs.”